Oregon State Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Kathleen Dean Moore has spent the past week guest blogging for Powell’s Books in Portland. Moore is writing about how we all have a moral obligation to confront climate change so that we can preserve the Earth for future generations.
That idea is the central theme of the new book Moore has co-edited, “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril.” The book compiles essays from nearly 100 authors who are moral authorities worldwide. Contributors to the book are politicians, including President Barack Obama and Iran’s first female vice president Massoumeh Ebtekar; writers, including Barbara Kingsolver, Wendell Berry and Daniel Quinn; and religious leaders, including Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama. “Moral Ground” also features essays from journalists, including Thomas Friedman and Alan Weisman. All of the essayists donated their work to Moore’s effort.
Moore and her co-editor, Michael P. Nelson, are holding a series of town hall meetings throughout the country that will allow people to gather together and converse about the difficult moral questions that come with climate change – something Moore feels people are reluctant to do.
This week, Moore has blogged about the urgency that we act against climate change, what people can do about it, and the imperative that we leave our children and grandchildren a world in which they can still perceive beauty and abundance. Check out her entries!